To All Those On The Front Line

From all of us at Graham Scott Enns to the Farmers, Nurses and Paramedics, Cleaners and Garbage Collectors, Bank Tellers, Postal Workers, Truckers, Police and Fire Fighters, Doctors, Drug Stores and Grocers, and every single person who gets up everyday to help the rest of us through – Thank You From The Bottom Of Our Hearts!

Thank You

Client Service Delays

To our Valued Clients,

Over the past few weeks we have done our best to communicate with you via e-mail, phone, blog and social media posts regarding announcements from all levels of government and their financial responses to COVID-19.  You have also heard about all the changes we have made here at Graham Scott Enns as we strive to provide you with the highest possible quality of service.

We ask for your understanding as we continue to do our best to serve your accounting, taxation and business needs, and for your patience as our systems are strained and normal processing times are lengthening.  As not all tax filing deadlines were extended, we are prioritizing incoming requests in accordance with those deadlines as they currently stand.  As more economic updates become available, we will continue our efforts to keep everyone informed and to address your concerns as they arise.

On behalf of the entire staff at Graham Scott Enns, we thank you again for your understanding and patience.

 

Update Regarding St. Thomas And Aylmer Office Access

COVID-19 Update: In response to protecting our valued clients and staff during the COVID-19 situation, we have implemented some on-site precautionary measures to minimize in-person contact and promote social distancing. All in person meetings at the office and upcoming out-of-office engagements have been cancelled.

Drop-box: During office hours, both the Aylmer and St. Thomas locations have implemented a drop-box system whereby incoming deliveries will be quarantined for 3 days.  For larger deliveries that will not fit inside the drop box, please call ahead, or knock on the door and you will be directed accordingly.

Alternate Contact methods: Where possible, please call, e-mail or make arrangements to have a virtual meeting.  Many of our staff and partners are working from home, but have access to e-mail, the portal and voicemail, so please continue to contact them as you normally would using those methods.

Stay Home: We ask that you refrain from coming if you are exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 virus (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills), have been out of the country within the past 14 days, or have been in contact with anyone in either of these situations.

 

We appreciate you working with us as we continue to focus on serving your accounting and taxation needs.

Congratulations!

The Partners of Graham Scott Enns LLP are pleased to announce Megan’s promotion to Partner effective January 1, 2020.  We are thrilled to offer this promotion from Associate to Partner as Megan’s expertise has proven invaluable to our clients, staff, partners and our continued growth.

Megan serves our clients with integrity and a dynamic approach in the areas of assurance, accounting, business advisory and tax. Megan is a skilled professional and provides sound advice to owner managed businesses, manufacturing companies, not-for-profit organizations and professional practices. She demonstrates exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to exceed expectations through her client centred approach.  Megan has broad technical expertise and is a key contributor to our assurance and training and professional development programs.

“We are thrilled to have Megan join our Partnership team at Graham Scott Enns LLP. Megan continues to provide our clients with exceptional client service and is a leader in promoting a learning culture to meet the career goals of our staff.  We are confident she will continue to serve our clients as their trusted advisor.”

Bill Luyks, CPA, CA                           Michael Stover, CPA, CA

Partner                                                Partner

Megan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004.  She became a designated Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant in 2006, joined the firm as a Manager in 2008, and was promoted to an Associate in 2018.

As a leader in our firm, Megan leads us in the areas of promoting a learning culture, training and professional development, recruiting, mentoring, assurance, quality control, and team building.  Megan looks to the big picture, collaboration and each staff member’s goals to positively impact our team.

Megan grew up on a farm near Aylmer and currently resides in Aylmer with her husband Justin and her three children, Andrew, Amelia and Julia.

We extend our sincere congratulations to Megan from the Graham Scott Enns LLP team.

Congratulations!

The Partners of Graham Scott Enns LLP are pleased to announce the promotion of Jennifer Buchanan, CPA, CA to Partner as of January 1, 2020. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to such a deserving and accomplished professional. We look forward to Jen’s perspective and expertise as she contributes to our continued growth.

Jen serves our clients with integrity and a progressive approach in the areas of assurance, accounting and tax. She provides professional advice to individuals, privately owned businesses, non-profit organizations, professional practices and municipal governments. She is a skilled communicator who listens with intensity to exceed expectations in our client-focused culture. Jen is a relationship builder with an ability to assess complex matters and offer client-focused recommendations and solutions. Her broad technical expertise in the area of assurance, accounting and tax will serve our clients well.

“We are thrilled to have Jen join our Partnership group here at Graham Scott Enns LLP. Jen has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing our clients with the best in client service and has played an integral role in the career development of many of our staff members. I’m confident she will continue to be a trusted advisor to many of her clients.”
– Paul Schneider, CPA, CA, Partner – Graham Scott Enns LLP

Jen earned a Bachelor of Commerce, with Honours in Accounting, from the University of Ottawa in 2006. She became a designated Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant in 2010. After nine years in the profession, Jen joined Graham Scott Enns LLP as a Manager in 2015. Since then, she has provided our clients with exceptional service tailored to their individual needs.
Jen is a strategist at heart and provides exceptional leadership to our team. As a leader in our firm, she inspires us by providing training and professional development, building career pathways, recruiting, mentoring and organizational development. We know that, as a partner, she will be able to continue motivating all our staff to provide the best client service.
Jen grew up in Tillsonburg and currently resides in St. Thomas with her husband, Ryan and their daughters, Riley and Erin.
We extend our sincere congratulations to Jen from the whole Graham Scott Enns LLP team.

Firm Culture of GSE

Submitted by Alexandra DeVincenzo, Blake Gough and Lindsay Kay – Senior Staff Accountants

One of the best parts of working at GSE is the firm culture. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. The partners are always interested in hearing from staff, whether it’s a client specific question or chatting about weekend plans.

Everyone works as a team to help each other develop both technical and soft skills. Asking questions is encouraged, especially at the beginning of your career or if you’re working on something new or complex. We are always bouncing ideas off each other to reach the best solution for a problem.

Our firm culture is like a family. The partners care about how staff are doing, both professionally and personally. They encourage everyone to take time for their family and other personal commitments. To help build our family dynamic and office camaraderie, GSE’s social committee organizes a variety of social events and friendly competitions including:

• End of Tax Season Party
• Summer BBQ
• Golf Day (for ALL skill levels, including people who only golf once a year – at this event)
• Christmas Party

Another great thing about GSE is the support for our communities. Throughout the year, we raise money for local charities through our casual Fridays, we collect food and hygiene products for the local food banks in St. Thomas and Aylmer, and at Christmas we team up to sponsor a family in need through Christmas Care. Our firm also supports a wide variety of charitable organizations, including our local hospital, community foundations and conservation authority. We also support various arts programs and organizations that provide services to young people in need. It’s great to work for a firm that values community support.

We look forward to welcoming new team members that share our values of client service and complement our team dynamic at GSE!

 

5 Reasons to Work at GSE

1. Firm Environment
We place significant value in creating a welcoming atmosphere for our staff and clients. We emphasize a relationship building approach for our clients and reflect those same values internally. Our ‘open-door’ policy is indicative of the culture we’ve built where all partners and staff members are not only accessible but interested in your questions or insights. Throughout the year, our social committee organizes events such as our annual golf tournament and Christmas party, and some friendly competitions like step-count challenges, cook-offs, and baking competitions.

2. Professional Development
GSE takes pride in identifying as a training firm that supports the professional development of each staff member. We want to see you succeed. On a typical day you will interact with approachable colleagues to grow your technical knowledge, and throughout the year you can expect to partake in structured professional development courses. Our team dedicates time and resources to help you achieve your goals. We are proud to offer a place where there is room to grow and develop your career, as many of our long serving staff have done. Several partners can even trace their careers back to co-ops within the firm!

3. Career Support
When you join our firm, you’re joining a network of professional accountants offering their support to your success. As part of our professional development focus, we have implemented a ‘Buddy-Mentor’ program that pairs each staff member with someone in a more senior capacity. This program gives each staff member a go-to resource, and assists in setting, monitoring, and actively supporting professional goals. This includes mentoring our CPA students to a 100% success rate on the CFE/UFE over the past 5 years.

4. Work-Life Balance
Have you heard this phrase before? Our firm has been practicing this long before it became mainstream. GSE places a high value on staff satisfaction and on family. Flexible working hours allow each staff member to balance their workload and personal commitments and staff are encouraged to take the time needed to support their families and communities.

5. Variety of Work Experiences and Learning Opportunities
Our clients come from all walks of life. From local farmers, to small business owners, to large international organizations, you will be exposed to all types of client work. Our audit work is focused in the not-for-profit and municipal sectors. There are opportunities to work alongside our dedicated tax department to develop solutions to complex tax situations for both corporate and individual tax clients. This breadth of clientele keeps our staff engaged and develops their skills as well-rounded professionals.

 

 

GSE Farm Tour!

On September 16, the Aylmer office of GSE was joined by a few St. Thomas office members for a farm tour field trip!  In the morning we toured the W. Luyks Poultry Farm near Port Stanley.  Our hosts, Willy and Anne Luyks, shared a wealth of knowledge from their many years in the farming industry as we explored two pullet barns (where chicks are raised to age 19 weeks), and a layer barn (where eggs are produced).  We also toured a feed mill, where grain and supplements are mixed to exact specifications for the animals’ diet, and viewed several pieces of farm equipment, including a combine harvester, articulated tractor and sprayer.

In the afternoon we visited Crownbrook Farms, a dairy farm near Belmont.  Hosts Andre and Janneke Kroondyk guided our tour around their farm where we saw a bulk milk tank, milking parlour and feed bunkers, along with a herd of 140 milk cows, plus calves and heifers.  We even saw a calf that was born just a couple of hours prior to our arrival!  We learned that the average cow produces 20L -60L per milking (milked twice each day), and that to give the cows extra comfort, they use sand instead of straw for bedding.  We also enjoyed a sampling of cheddar cheeses and chocolate milk at the conclusion of our tour!

A special thank you to our farm hosts for their kind hospitality and taking the time to let us tour their farms!

Please view the photos in the link below.

GSE Farm Tour Photos

Welcome

Welcome to the new website of Graham Scott Enns.

Here you will find a lot of information about who we are and what we do. In addition, you can read what our clients are saying about us. In our blog, we will highlight industry related topics and news from our partners and staff.

We hope you like the fresh new look to the website and the improved navigation that will allow you to find the information you need more quickly and easily.

We value your opinion, so take a look around and let us know what you think.